|The title Con[text] itself is a play on words "con" meaning with in Spanish and "text" referring to any written language. Literal context is added to an image with the addition of words, numbers, letters. Shots of billboards, graffiti, headstones or even the illusion of a letter or word counts. The following examples have been shown at Darkroom Gallery in past exhibitions or provided by juror Tim Clark.
William Horton's The Perfect Perch is a perfect example of text naturally occurring and re-instating the origins of a subject. It adds a richness to the image and authenticates the windmill.
Barbara Dombach's The Sparrow is an example of two different kinds of text within the same image, handwriting is juxtaposed with the typeface of "June" in this dream-like image.
Sean Stewart's Comfortable Alley no34 is an example of an image with symbols that do not have legible words but the viewer knows they have meaning, obstruction of this meaning makes the photograph all the more mysterious. As this can also be true for text in a different language.
EJ Major, from the series Love is..... (published in issue 17 of 1000 Words Photography Magazine) is an example of collage. The artist took 2 found objects, in this case, mail and a iconic photograph and played them off one another along with a handwritten addition, it tells a unique story with all these multi layers at play.
Harold Ross's "Flying Fish" is an example of a hidden symbol within an image. Can you see the letter T in this photograph? Do you think this is a happy mistake or a consious choice of Ross?
Hugh Jones' Alice in Wonderland is an example of numbers or letters creating an overall texture or pattern, adding another layer of meaning to the image.
Fritzi Newton's If Doors Could Talk is an example of documentary photography that just so happens to have fragments of words in the found scene. When you are walking around with your camera you must capture some signage or logos in your shots, this is fair game for Con[text].
Roz Leibowitz's Annie Julia or Life After Death is a construction of a taken image along with the artist's written word. This is indicative of the dadaist movement, informing the viewer of a specific context to analyze the image.
CHAMPLAIN VALLEY PHOTO SLAM 2018
Once again Darkroom Gallery presents an opportunity for everyone in the Champlain Valley region to exhibit their work!
Entry Deadline: December 20, 2017
Opening Reception: January 12, 2018
If you live in the Champlain Valley (full or part time) and love making photos, make photos for a living, as a serious passion, or to fill your creative urges, we want to see your best shots.
Juror: William Albert Allard
|Juror's Choice: Four Giraffes by Bruce Berkow|
We’re proud to present Multiples, Darkroom Gallery’s 99th exhibition. In keeping with the repetitiveness of the numeral nine in 99, the theme of repeating subjects seemed like a good way to mark this milestone. As in the above photo by our juror William Albert Allard, the subjects in your photos need not be alike, but they should be all of the same kind or genre, in this case three buildings. Other than that requirement the subjects of your entry can be anything.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||14 September 17|
|Artists' Reception:||23 September 17 16:00|
|Exhibit Closes:||8 October 17|
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
Overall I was impressed with the submissions. I eliminated some pictures because I thought the processing was perhaps too heavy, too obvious, and became more important than the subject matter. There were some images, many images, if fact, that needed simply clearer vision. I always wonder why people will submit a picture that obviously need better, cleaner framing. It's the old Hemingway thing I teach in workshops: get rid of the extraneous. Cut away, cut away, cut away that which you don't need. However, considering we started with so many images the number that fell short because of visual clutter was not too big.
William Albert Allard
|Rock Harbor, scene #01|
|At the vertex|
|Last Light |
|Blackwood Crows Duet|
|Twins, Madison, Wisconsin|
|Hamlin Fistula Survivors|
|Untitled (cats on porch), Portland, Oregon|
|"Rise Up Against Your Oppressors!"|
|Baskets of Beans, Bagan, Burma|
|Milking queue, Ladakh 2016|
|Botellas y fruta|
|Semana Santa Procession|
|Me and My Shadow|
|3 Faces One Shadow|
|Dog Leg Left|
|The Drum Set|
|Moonrise Over Mesquite Sand Dunes|
|Neck and Neck|
After 99 Exhibitions we are taking a break!
Over the next month or two we are planning to do some work on our web site and better organize and advertise our inventory of fabulous prints we have been collecting. We also want to host a few more workshops and photographer community events.
Once we regroup, for our 100th exhibit, we are planning to host our 4th Champlain Valley Photo Slam Probably in November/December.
We really appreciate all the support we have received over the last seven years and queries from eager photographers about future exhibitions.